It’s probably no surprise that you’re seeing a review of Luna Wolf Moon on this here blog, since I reviewed its predecessor, not that long ago. It took me a little longer to get through this one, though not because I liked it any less. You see the world in these books is rather complex and there’s a lot of characters to keep up with. In the midst of final year deadlines, I just didn’t have the brain power to keep up with it.
As soon as I got a quiet evening, I dived straight back into that world again. I loved the complexity of Luna Wolf Moon and the vast family structures involved. Each of the ‘dragons’ have a great power all of their own and I really enjoyed finding out a little bit more about the other families on the moon. After the events of Luna New Moon, focus has shifted to some of the other great dynasties who were the allies and enemies of the Corta family. It was so fascinating getting to know a wider range of characters, some of which were entirely new to readers. Ian McDonald writes brilliantly complicated and ‘full’ characters. He also pushed some of the old cast to new lengths, to captivating results.
With the second book, McDonald really expanded his world. If I thought his description of the places on the moon was good, I was bowled over by the way he balanced stories from the two planets. We also got to see some fascinating new settings full stop and I was amazed by the world building skills McDonald possesses.
Luna Wolf Moon reinforced my incredible respect for this series and its author. I can’t wait to read some more of his work as soon as I can.
P.S I was sent this book free of charge but all opinions are my own.